INTERNATIONAL. Will Chancellor Angela Merkel be forced to spend rather than save? Like President Hollande, Germany's opposition Social Democrat Party (SPD) is calling for a growth package that would draw on existing funds and not create new debt.
INTERNATIONAL. The Israelis and Palestinians have been trapped for decades between delusions and denial and both have resorted to ideological and religious dogmas that dismiss with conviction any factual evidence to the contrary.
BAHRAIN. Al Salam Bank-Bahrain now owns 100% of BMI Bank after a "business combination" merger: S&P says that Al Salam Bank (unrated) has a visibly lower credit profile than BankMuscat, the previous key shareholder of BMI Bank.